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DineLA 2009: Asia de Cuba

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Asia de Cuba in the Mondrian is one swank spot. The table wasn't ready, as we were being squeezed in, so we hung out in the bar. My nephew said, "I don't know if I've ever felt quite this cool before." After trying to seat us in a cramped spot between a hilariously large potted plant and the bussing station outside, we were given a table by the window with a stunning view of the city. The room is light and clean with an open feel. The stark white interior is offset by warm accents like earthtone pillows and throws.

The food is served family-style. Even for the DineLA menu, you have limited choices that are served for two and must be shared. We just couldn't decide between two appetizers, one large main and one large dessert, even after rock/paper/scissors. Finally we decided that since three people could order 2 appetizers, 2 mains and 2 desserts, that we would just pretend there was another person with us and would split the cost for invisible Uncle Henry. The menu varies slightly from the online menu, with a few changes in appetizers and the addition of a tofu dish.